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IF and no energy

Answered on January 03, 2014
Created January 02, 2014 at 4:59 PM

I've been "clean" eating for about two years now but just recently made the switch to Paleo. My chronic headaches have already gone away, and after a good, high protein meal, I feel great. I've been reading about IF and really want to get serious about it. I've done some IF before, but it's always been with too many cheats, like with Diet Coke, coffee, raw lettuce, etc. The problem is, I feel NO energy when in my 16 hours. I feel sick, shaky, and very lethargic.

More about me: 23 yr old female, 5' 8" and 108 lbs. I exercise almost everyday, 30-45 mins of cardio in the morning and heavy weights 2-3 days per week. My hours of eating begin about 1 pm with lower calorie veggies and fruits, nuts, eggs. Around 6 I'll have my big meal, chicken, turkey, beef. I'll usually end with a dessert about 8-9 pm. Total calories for the day about 1500, but I usually burn 400-600 with exercise.

Not enough total calories, I know, but that's what I do. I feel good by night, but the morning/afternoon is rough. Is IF just not for me?

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on January 03, 2014
at 12:26 AM

Well said.

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on January 03, 2014
at 08:23 PM

I guess I'm just afraid if I don't IF, I'll gain weight, because my husband and I really like big dinners. I feel like I have to save my calories, and at my low weight, I'm not allowed many even to simply maintain. I've lost 70 lbs since last January and am determined to not regain any. It's been uncomfortable and difficult many times; I've been trained to feel "shitty" as a PP said. So I guess I have a hard time determining what level is normal and when I need to eat for my health.

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on January 03, 2014
at 02:19 AM

Sounds like you're getting a good amount of protein and vegetables, but maybe you're not getting enough fat and starch, especially considering your weight and calorie intake.

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on January 03, 2014
at 01:06 AM

If you feel "sick, shaky, and lethargic" or any other euphemisms for shitty, then don't do it, regardless of how superior you're being told a certain way of eating is. Do what feels right to you.

I have recently had a similar experience as you and just ended up losing too much muscle (and a little fat, that didn't need losing anyway) and so I've finally switched back eating regular meals + pre/post workout snacks and feel way better. Maybe you'll have a similar response.

Hope that helps :)

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on January 03, 2014
at 12:17 AM

Why are you IFing when you're already on the low end weight wise for your height? You're already exercising every day (chronic cardio?), and IFing adds another stressor on your body. Women seemingly have different results with IFing, I know I did. N=1 IFing while over exercising when already underweight messes up your hormones HARD. I'm still recovering from my attempt at regular IFing. If you're feeling like crap and seemingly going backwards (you're supposed to be getting more energy, not less!) then I would forgo it. It isn't for anyone, and paleo =\= IF. Listen to your body and don't forget to rest and recover with light walking and things like yoga and stretching!

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on January 03, 2014
at 12:26 AM

Well said.

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